During one of the DC FanDome panels that took place recently, filmmaker Reginald Hudlin (Marshall) revealed that there have been “serious conversations” about bringing the electric-powered teen hero to life for the big screen. Hudlin said:
“One of the things we’re really excited about, we really want to live up to the name of the company, Milestone Media. When we spoke to Jim [Lee] about reviving the Milestone line, we said ‘Look, we all know this has been a hit comic book and hit animated series. It’s time to expand back into all those areas and then some.’ So we’re in serious conversations about, as we’re launching the comic book series, developing the ‘Static Shock’ movie. That will be a theatrical feature film.”
Hudlin also talked about some of the other characters in the Milestone Media comic family that may end up being played with in different formats:
“What we’re talking about is unbelievable. We’re also talking to all the other divisions of Warner, for example, the animation department. They make those amazing animated feature films for home entertainment. And we’re talking about doing one of those feature films involving the Milestone characters. We’re also looking at new media, like podcasts, and doing a serious of stories that will be available on podcasts. We will deliver Milestone Media wherever you are, on whatever platform you want.”
Virgil Hawkins, a.k.a. Static Shock was created by Milestone Media and DC Comics in the 1990s. Most fans are familiar with the character thanks to the Kids’ WB animated series that aired in the early 2000s. Here’s a description of the character:
Accidental exposure to an experimental mutagen leaves geeky high school student Virgil with super powers. Able to control electromagnetic forces, he channels his newfound powers to fight evil, aided by his pal Osgood, who builds gadgets to help Virgil fight crime.
There were no other details given on Static Shock’s film project but he will also star in a digital comic book series that’s coming in February 2021.